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My neighbor’s small white yappy dog jumped up and bit my toddler on the face. I’m not sure about the specific breed of the dog, but I know it wasn’t a Pit Bull or Rottweiler. Does the breed matter? Should I contact a Cedar Rapids dog bite lawyer?

We are so sorry to hear that your toddler was hurt. It can be incredibly frightening to see your child in so much pain. As you know all too well, any breed of dog can bite and cause injury to a child. Danger is, unfortunately, not limited to the breeds of dog that most often make the news for being dangerous.

Accordingly, the law makes no distinctions between dog breeds. Whether your child has been hurt by a Toy Poodle or a Pit Bull, a Bichon Frise or a Rottie, your child has the same legal rights to recovery. Those rights may include compensation for past and future medical costs, pain, suffering, out of pocket costs and other damages. The specific amount of damages that your child may recover depends on many factors including:

  • The child’s specific injuries.
  • Whether the dog was violent prior to the child’s injury.
  • The state in which the child was injured.

Do not let the fact that your child was bit by a cute little dog prevent him from recovering the same damages that he would recover if a breed that is known to be more aggressive hurt him. Instead, contact an experienced Cedar Rapids dog bite lawyer today to find out more about your rights. You can reach one of our personal injury lawyers today via this website or by calling 1-800-800-5678.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham